Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
This film entails the essence of everything I love about going to the movies.
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
You know what the best part of Raiders Of The Lost Ark is? It's the bit where he gets in Jock's plane and craps himself at discovering that a snake is sharing his place.
I'm not saying it's my favourite part. I don't have a favourite part, really, and I don't even concern myself with trying to think of one. But that one little scene, with a little help from Indy's dalliance with some darts fired from the walls, the giant rock, the pit, and the door that nearly loses him his hat, establishes straight away that this isn't going to be your usual action adventure.
This hero's a little bit different. He's not infallible. In fact, he might not…
Beim ersten Indiane Jones ist ein bisschen wie eine wirklich gelungene Jahrmarktattraktion. Da ist Bewegung und eine erstaunliche kinetische Energie. Harrison Ford scheint die Rolle wie auf den Leib geschneidert, als Halunke mit Herz aus Gold blüht er auf. Das ist alles sympathisch, handgemacht und treibt ein Lächeln ins Gesicht. Das Herz sagt eindeutig "Ja". Das Hirn fügt ein "aber" hinzu. Der Film erzählt nicht wirklich, sondern reiht Ereignisse aneinander. Marion Ravenwoods Kompetenzlevel springt willkürlich von "starke, unabhängige Frau" zu "demoiselle en détresse", ihre Figur wirkt inkonsistent. Das Ende des Films ist ein bisschen lahm - Indiana Jones trägt zur Lösung der ganzen Situation nicht einmal bei. Der Abschluss vom "letzten Kreuzzug" ist deutlich gelungener.
(Über die spätkoloniale Darstellung fremder…
I hadn't sent this since I was probably about ten and I'm glad to revisit it. Just as great, if not better than the first time. And that opening scene... Man.
Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made. It takes place in Africa, Nepal, Egypt, at sea and in a secret submarine base. It contains trucks, bulldozers, tanks, motorcycles, ships, subs, Pan Am Clippers, and a Nazi flying wing. It has snakes, spiders, booby traps and explosives. The hero is trapped in a snake pit, and the heroine finds herself assaulted by mummies. The weapons range from revolvers and machineguns to machetes and whips. And there is the supernatural, too, as the Ark of the Covenant triggers an eerie heavenly fire that bolts through the bodies of the Nazis.
The Saturday serial aspects of "Raiders…
Once again, is there really a point writing a review for this flick?
No. But I shall write some words anyway.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first in a trilogy of perfect films. It's Spielberg at his finest, and it's yet again one of those fantastic examples of cinematic narrative and storytelling.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of those movies ingrained in guys and girls' heads when they watch it growing up. It's a usual cinematic mainstay, which means it's no surprise that I sit here, the age that I am, and suddenly I can remember and recall every line and beat before it even crops up.
Yes, my word-for-word-ness is a bit rusty nowadays, but…
1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark Is My Third Favorite Film Of All Time.
Hey, guess what? This is still perfect (even on my aunt and uncle in-laws motion smoothed TV-which is an actual crime against eyes).
Whatever. It's no Blood of Fu Manchu.
I just love this film! Anyone who grew up with this when it was released went as Indiana Jones for Halloween. The best adventure film ever.
Some movies are just stone cold classics. It's been a few years since I last saw Raiders, and it definitely holds up. With movies like this, it's a pleasure to go back and discover things you missed before. This time, it is the theme of duality.
There are a lot of pairs in Raiders. There is the obvious pair of archaeologists in Indy and Belloq, but there are more subtle instances throughout the movie, such as two uses of dates. There are two main relics (the idol in the first scene and the ark of the covenant), and the relation between the two is a fun reversal. With the idol, Indy survives because everyone looks away from the idol in…
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